Physics

  1. wok with fried rice
    Physics

    How to make the best fried rice, according to physics

    Researchers show exactly how rocking and sliding a wok can launch fried rice into the air, letting it cook at a high temperature without burning.

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  2. green glow in the night sky - an aurora named the "dunes"
    Earth

    Here are 5 of the weirdest auroras, including the newly spotted ‘dunes’

    A newfound type of aurora dubbed the “dunes” joins the ranks of black auroras, STEVE and other obscure auroral phenomena.

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  3. muon collider tracking device
    Physics

    A barrier to colliding particles called muons has been smashed

    Future particle accelerators could slam muons together to reach higher energies than any before.

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  4. KOTO detector
    Particle Physics

    Misbehaving kaons could hint at the existence of new particles

    Certain extremely rare decays seem to be happening more often than expected, and scientists don’t know why.

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  5. Nuclear waste storage beneath Yucca Mountain in Nevada
    Materials Science

    The containers the U.S. plans to use for nuclear waste storage may corrode

    The different components of a nuclear waste storage unit start to corrode each other when wet, new lab experiments show.

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  6. nanoparticle
    Physics

    Scientists cooled a nanoparticle to the quantum limit

    Physicists decreased a nanoparticle’s motion to the lowest level allowed by quantum mechanics.

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  7. quantum entanglement illustration
    Physics

    A quantum strategy could verify the solutions to unsolvable problems — in theory

    A quantum technique for verifying solutions to difficult problems could apply to an “unbelievably huge” class of puzzles.

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  8. atoms forming chemical bond illustration
    Chemistry

    A dance of two atoms reveals chemical bonds forming and breaking

    Two rhenium atoms approach and retreat from one another in an electron microscope video.

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  9. researchers working on torque sensor
    Physics

    The fastest-spinning object ever made could help spot quantum friction in a vacuum

    Scientists have developed a torque sensor made with a nanoparticle that can spin more than 300 billion times a minute.

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  10. Notre Dame de Paris
    Physics

    How to restore the legendary acoustics of Notre Dame

    Using heritage acoustics, researchers hope to help restore the sound of Paris's Notre Dame cathedral.

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  11. Vera Rubin
    Space

    Dark matter pioneer Vera Rubin gets a new observatory named after her

    A new effort to study the cosmos is named after Vera Rubin, an astronomer who searched out dark matter and battled sexism.

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  12. coated thermal material
    Materials Science

    This material could camouflage objects from infrared cameras

    A coating of samarium nickel oxide counteracts hotter objects’ tendency for brighter thermal radiation.

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